The Bird in Hand
“Stylish pub with a warm atmosphere and good food” - AA Inspector
LONG ASHTON, SOMERSET
Just to the west of Bristol, this pub's clean lines haven't smothered its former village-pub feel. To the left is the bar area, home of St Austell Tribute and guest ales; to the right the dining area. Here, with fish and shellfish delivered daily, meat sourced locally where possible, and much neighbourhood foraging, is a monthly-changing, modern British menu listing rib of beef, roast bone marrow, herb butter, triple-cooked chips; hazelnut and parsley crusted gurnard; and potato and cheddar gnocchi with autumn squash. Home-made snacks include Scotch eggs and chicken Caesar croquettes.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Open all year
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About The area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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